Fly Fishing Flies:
Buy Or Tie
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Should you tie your own fishing flies or should you buy them? This is a
question that I am usually asked the most by people just entering fly
fishing. I have a simple plan that I use to help most fly anglers. Since most trout fly patterns
are tied in Africa, S. America and who knows where else these days the flies are relatively cheap and are
of decent quality.
So here's my secret plan for saving the most money and still filling your fly
Fly Fishing Flies in Your Fly
Here's the minimum
you should have depending upon the season and types of streams you are fishng for trout:
- Attractor Patterns: Such egg flies, San Juan
Worm, Wooly Worms, etc Have these in at least 3 different colors and various sizes.
- Streamer Patterns: Wooly Buggers, Maribous and
Matukas in the most popular patterns. Maker sure you have some that are dark and contrasty, light, and
others that are bright.
- Streamer Patterns: Some Accurate Minnow
Imitations of the bait fish in your streams in various sizes.
- Sculpin and Clouser Minnow in a couple sizes
and colors. These are great for the big fish in the streams that no one knows are
- Standard hackled dry flies. These patterns
still catch a lot of fish. Hendricksons, Sulfurs, March Browns, Blued Duns etc.
- No hackle versions of the above and also flies
for your favorite waters
- Standard wet fly patterns such as G.R. Hare's Ear, Cow Dung,
R. Coachman etc. These flies will still take a lot trout and are cheap to buy.
- Nymphs: Standard Pattens such as the Black Stone, Hare' Ear,
Muskrat etc. These patterns will catch fish everywhere. A couple dozen of these different patterns will give
- Nymph patterns for your local streams. This is where you match
your ties to what you find in the stream
- Caddis Dry Fly Patterns: The Standard deerhair and hackle
types work well in various sizes.
- Caddis larva and emergers; You buy some and then tie a few
more specific to your streams.
- Some good soft hackles in three different shades: light, dark,
and medium. These will catch fish when nothing else will
- Now add some midges and small flies and you've almost got it
- For terrestials: Ants, Letort Hopper and Cricket and a few
beetles and you 've now put together quite a fly box (fly boxes) without going to the bank or wasting most
of your fishing time.
In the future I'm going to tell you every single fly you should
have in your box? Just stop back at fly fisher.com!